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There are many things to consider when thinking about owning a bird. Don't rush out to buy a certain type of bird just because your friend down the street recommends it. You have many options - Canaries, Mynahs, Cockatoos, Finches, Amazon Parrots, Parakeet, Raptors, Ratites, and Song Birds.

Birds have needs! They require adequate housing and plenty of attention to thrive. Their life span is long among the larger parrots. Many outlive their owners with proper routine care and a healthy diet of food and love.

How much do you want to spend? First-time bird owners should not buy expensive or high-maintenance birds. Cost is not something to ignore, and besides the initial cost of purchase, you need to consider the maintenance costs involved in owning a bird.

Many people consider getting a bird as a pet since they feel most birds cost less and take less of a time commitment than a dog or a cat. This may not be true. Estimate the cost of food, health care, housing and equipment for your pet before committing to bird ownership. Sometimes a less expensive bird can be much more enjoyable and easier to raise.

Birds are messy. Pet birds do best with handling, which means they must spend time outside their cage and handled. Birds "poop" often in small/large amounts. Be prepared to clean up after your bird.

Birds make noise! The bigger the bird, the louder the noise. Some have a pleasant "song", others talk, and some scream very loudly. A bird can be quiet and subdued when faced with unfamiliar surroundings or people; he may begin vocalizing his opinions much later.

Talking birds can't really talk, but their ability to mimic is incredible. A bird repeats what he hears. You cannot know if a bird is a "talker" simply by watching him for a few minutes in a pet store. And be sure you want a bird that talks before buying one.

Every bird needs a place to call home. The cage should hang, near light during the day, and with quiet and darkness at night. The size of the cage is important, since a large parrot will not fit in a cage designed for finches.A good rule of thumb for cages is that you can't buy a cage that's too big for your bird.

Do you have the free time to own a bird? Do you have the time or will you make the time daily to spend time with the bird. They need a routine. Can they fit in your routine? Smaller birds like budgies, finches, and canaries can be content as cage dwellers. A larger bird needs time out of the cage.

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